Newsweek

Newsweek is a weekly news magazine covering current events and politics in America. Newsweek magazine is published by Newsweek, Inc. and is headquartered in New York, N.Y. It has been published since 1933 and is currently owned by Sidney Harman. Newsweek covers national news and is the second largest weekly news magazine in the United States, behind Time Magazine. Newsweek was founded in 1933 as News-Week by Thomas J.C. Martyn, a former foreign Time magazine editor. At that time, the magazine cost 10 cents a copy and $4 per year. The name changed to Newsweek in 1937 and it merged with Raymond Moley's weekly magazine, Today. Moley was a member of Franklin D. Roosevelt's "Brain Trust" and to distinguish itself from its competition, Time, which had a similar format, Newsweek carved a reputation for itself as being more liberal and serious in tone. It was the first to assign writer by-lines for its editorial columns. The Washington Post Company bought the magazine in 1961 and its liberal publisher, Katharine Graham, continued to set the publication apart from its two main competitors (Time and U.S. News & World Report). Starting in 2008, the company went through massive restructuring and suffered a reported 50 percent in subscriber rate loss in one year and $28 million in revenue in 2009. The magazine was sold to stereo pioneer Sidney Harman, who is husband to California Congresswoman Jane Harman, in August 2010. Newsweek's editor Jon Meacham's resignation from the magazine coincided with the sale. 52 percent of the readership are men and 47 percent are women. The average age of readers is 52 and 88 percent have either attended or graduated from college. The average personal income of its readers is $99,792.In the 1950s, Newsweek became a leader in in-depth reporting of racial diversity and in the 1960s, under then-editor Osborn Elliott, it became a voice for advocacy journalism, where subjective political positions are countebalanced with facts. In August 1976, Newsweek reported that federal investigators had enough evidence to prove that former Teamsters Union boss James Hoffa was strangled to death July 30, 1974, the day he disappeared outside a suburban Detroit restaurant. The article further reported that the murder was planned and executed outside Michigan. In 1998, Newsweek killed a story about White House intern Monica Lewinsky's sexual relationship with President Bill Clinton. The story broke on news aggregate website, the Drudge Report, which reported that Newsweek's reporter, Michael Isikoff, had gathered enough evidence from sources to publish the story and name Lewinsky, when at the last minute the magazine decided to pull it. Newsweek eventually published the story after the Drudge Report made it public. The magazine is reknowned for its investigative war reporting, most recently in Iraq and Afghanistan. Daniel Klaidman is the Managing Editor.

Articles from July 23

After We Are Gone; If Humans Were Evacuated, the Earth Would Flourish
Byline: Jerry Adler The second coming may be the most widely anticipated apocalypse ever, but it's far from the only version of the end times. Environmentalists have their own eschatology--a vision of a world not consumed by holy fire but returned...
A Lady by Any Standard; Lady Bird Johnson, 1912-2007
Byline: Michael Beschloss (Beschloss wrote the newly published "Presidential Courage: Brave Leaders and How They Changed America, 1789-1989" (Simon & Schuster).) During the three decades after Lyndon Johnson's death--a period almost as long...
A Plus-Size Pleasure; 'Hairspray' Is a Lot More Fun on Film Than Onstage
Byline: David Ansen John Waters's 1988 deliciously campy "Hairspray," filled with retro music and dance numbers, was almost a musical itself, which made the 2002 Broadway musical seem kind of redundant. The show is still a hit, though I can't remember...
A Sense of Unease; Al Qaeda's Regrouped. but What Does That Mean?
Byline: Mark Hosenball and Michael Isikoff Last April, the U.S. embassy in Berlin posted a cryptic bulletin on its Web site urging all Americans in Germany to "increase their vigilance." The message offered no further explanation. But it wasn't...
Back from the Dead; Doctors Are Reinventing How They Treat Sudden Cardiac Arrest, Which Is Fatal 95 Percent of the Time. A Report from the Border between Life and Death
Byline: Jerry Adler (With Matthew Philips, Joan Raymond and Julie Scelfo) Bill Bondar knows exactly where he died: on the sidewalk outside his house in a retirement community in southern New Jersey. It was 10:30 on the night of May 23, a Wednesday,...
Beliefwatch: Mormons
Byline: Lisa Miller A s a rule, Mormons tend to be white, conservative and Republican--and as obedient to established authority as any group out there--but a close look reveals cracks in that glossy surface. There's Harry Reid, of course, the Mormon...
Drag Hags; A White Actor Wouldn't Dare Put on Dark Makeup to Play a Black Character. Should John Travolta Squeeze into a Dress and Panty Hose for 'Hairspray'?
Byline: Jennie Yabroff Edna Turnblad has a weakness for pink-sequined dresses, a passion for her husband and a triple-E bra. Edna also has a secret. Edna is a man. To be precise, her character in "Hairspray" has always been played by a man: drag...
Follow the Numbers
Byline: Eve Conant, Arian Campo-Flores and Andrew Murr The "D.C. Madam" scandal isn't going away. Reporters, bloggers and investigators for Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt are all scrambling to match recently released phone records from Deborah...
For Hillary: A Proposal
Byline: Anna Quindlen to: HRC re: VP Well, senator, with the "Sopranos" -influenced video gone viral, you managed to convince millions of Americans that you do have a sense of humor. With the continuing massaging of your position on Iraq,...
Girls Going Mild(er); A New 'Modesty Movement' Aims to Teach Young Women They Don't Have to Be Bad, or Semiclad
Byline: Jennie Yabroff Consider the following style tips for girls: skirts and dresses should fall no more than four fingers above the knee. No tank tops without a sweater or jacket over them. Choose a bra that has a little padding to help disguise...
Health: Where's the Food From
Byline: Linda Stern (With Karen Springen) Products from China used to be associated with bargain prices. Now they're associated with health threats. In May, pet food carrying the industrial chemical melamine killed dozens of pets across the United...
Heaven Is Where the Chefs Are Brits?!
Byline: Daniel Gross Filling up at a gas station in Pelham Manor, N.Y., the shocking thing isn't the $3.33-per-gallon price. No, it's the red lukoil sign atop the cinder-block building. The Russian energy behemoth, which bought Getty in 2000, has...
Hey, Barack, Answer Me! YouTube and CNN Partnered for a Debate. Will They Rock the Vote, or Is This Just Web 2.0 Window Dressing?
Byline: Andrew Romano Zack Carroll admits he's "one of those political-nerd people." When the 15-year-old native of Burr Ridge, Ill., heard that CNN and YouTube were cohosting the Democrats' July 23 debate in South Carolina--and soliciting video...
Inside the McCain Campaign Meltdown
Byline: Richard Wolffe Eight years ago, he was the Karl Rove of the McCain campaign: a gifted strategist from Texas who could turn a relatively unknown politician into a serious presidential candidate. John Weaver was McCain's alter ego in 2000,...
Iraqi Leaders: Iraq's Ayatollah on the Rise; A 36-Year-Old Cleric Now Runs the Country's Most Powerful Party. but Is He Any More Likely to Break the Logjam in Baghdad?
Byline: Babak Dehghanpisheh With his rimless glasses and black-leather loafers, 36-year-old Amar Hakim evinces a certain clerical chic. The young cleric is soft-spoken and articulate, a marked contrast to his rabble-rousing contemporary, Moqtada...
It's Root, Root, Root for the Home Team; after a Key Anchor Leaves, ESPN Inches Closer to Becoming the Worldwide Cheerleader in Sports
Byline: Devin Gordon Throughout July, ESPN's award-winning flagship news hour "SportsCenter" is devoting a chunk of every broadcast to a segment called "Who's Now." It's an elimination tournament, purely theoretical, to determine which current athlete...
Last Rites in the Holy Land? the World's Most Ancient Christian Communities Are Fleeing Their Birthplace
Byline: Rod Nordland (With Kevin Peraino in Jerusalem, Salih Mehdi in Baghdad, Barbie Nadeau in Rome and Mandi Fahmy in Alexandria) He refused to leave Baghdad, even after the day last year when masked Sunni gunmen forced him and eight co-workers...
Newsmakers
Byline: Ramin Setoodeh Up and Coming: Chris Evans Evans is best known as the Human Torch in "Fantastic 4," and his career really is on fire: four movies this year alone. In "Sunshine," directed by Danny Boyle ("Trainspotting"), he plays an astronaut...
Perspectives: Quotes in the News
"It's a serious issue that is going to outlast my presidency." President George W. Bush, on Al Qaeda's threat to homeland security and the continuing efforts necessary in Iraq and Afghanistan "We should try to have a more serious and a smaller...
Refusing to Lose
Byline: Evan Thomas and Eve Conant (With John Barry, Michael Hirsh, Jonathan Darman, Richard Wolffe and Eleanor Clift) The Secretary of State was cordial, but forceful and insistent. Wait until September, Condoleezza Rice told Sen. Susan Collins...
Sick, Single, Seeking Same; A Hot Dating Site for People Who Dread the 'Big Reveal.'
Byline: Julie Scelfo Dating is awkward for Sandra Liz Aquino, 41. She's divorced and beautiful, but she's also HIV-positive. So last month, she signed up with Prescription4Love.com, a dating Web site for people with sexually transmitted diseases...
Split Decisions
A forthcoming study by the Institute for Marriage and Public Policy (iMAPP), a group that aims to "strengthen marriage," found that no-fault divorce leads to an increase in the divorce rate on the order of 10 percent. NEWSWEEK's Julie Scelfo spoke...
Stop Setting Alarms on My Biological Clock; If I'm Ever Going to Fulfill My Dream of Becoming a Mother, I'm Going to Need Some Better Role Models
Byline: Carrie Friedman (Friedman lives in Los Angeles.) I am at a party chatting with a woman I know slightly. As her young son squirms out of her embrace, she slips her hand under my shirt. She's not getting fresh with me. She's touching my tummy...
Taxing the Super Rich; Private-Equity Billionaires-The New Masters of the Universe-Often Pay Far Lower Rates Than the Rest of Us. but Washington Is Trying to Change That. Get Ready for a Fight
Byline: Evan Thomas and Daniel Gross (With Sam Stein in Washington and Eleazar David Melendez in New York) In Wall Street's pecking order the partners in private-equity firms are the true aristocrats. With their English tailored suits, country estates...
The Editor's Desk
Byline: Daniel Klaidman David Noonan, NEWSWEEK's health editor, gets dozens of press releases every day. But in April, an announcement from the University of Pennsylvania about its Center for Resuscitation Science caught his attention. The director,...
The Politics of Shame; Beijing Is Racing to Avoid an Olympic-Size Food Scare
Byline: Melinda Liu It was a harsh penalty even by the standards of China, which executes more criminals every year than any place else in the world. The former head of the State Food and Drug Administration was put to death last week. His crime:...
The Region: Tehran Plays a Double Game; A Revolutionary Guards Commander Turned Diplomat Says Washington Is Ignoring a Key Asset in Iraq: Iran
Byline: Michael Hirsh (With Babak Dehghanpisheh in Baghdad and Babak Pirouz in Tehran) Mohammad Jafari isn't built like your typical diplomat. Stocky and square-jawed, with a thatch of close-cropped black hair, Jafari looks far more like the Iranian...
The Sad Fate of the Comma
Byline: Robert J. Samuelson I have always liked commas, but I seem to be in a shrinking minority. The comma is in retreat, though it is not yet extinct. In text messages and e-mails, commas appear infrequently, and then often by accident (someone...
The Stumper Stickers
Byline: Lauren Bans Election season is taking over the front page, the evening news, and--sticker by sticker--the nation's bumpers. Like any ad, the logos of the '08 contenders are designed to sell a brand and subliminally play up a candidate's...